Today’s Dame of the Day is Slavenka Drakulić (July 4, 1949-). Born in Croatia, Drakulić began her career as a journalist writing about feminist issues for the country’s newspapers. In the 1990s, she left the country for Sweden after she received death threats for writing about the region’s civil war. While in exile, Drakulić wrote extensively about the Yugoslav wars and interviewed inmates of the International Criminal Tribunal. Today, she splits her time between Stockholm and Zagreb.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Claribel Alegría (May 12, 1924-). Alegría moved to the United States for college when she was 19, but she maintained close ties to her native Nicaragua. Her poems, novels, and essays critiqued society while championing justice and freedom. During the country’s uprisings of the 1970s, Alegría redoubled her commitment to non-violent resistance while supporting the Sandinista National Liberation Front. In 1985, she returned to Nicaragua to aid with reconstruction following the revolution. Today, she continues to live and write in Managua.